Credit Limits and Increases

Arts students are eligible to take up to 30 credits over the Winter Session (32 credits for first-year students) and 14 credits in the Summer Session, although summer credits are not required.

Table of Standard Credit Limits and Increases

SessionStandard Credit LimitCredit Increase
Winter Session
Terms 1 & 2
(Sept-April)
  • Term 1 (Sept-Dec) 15 credits

  • Term 2 (Jan-April) 15 credits

Total of 30 credits, over both Winter Terms.
(32 credits for first-year students)
  • Term 1 (Sept-Dec) 3 extra credits

  • Term 2 (Jan-April) 3 extra credits

A maximum of 3 extra credits per each term of the Winter Session for a total of 36 credits.

Summer Session
Terms 1 & 2
(May-Aug)

Total of 14 credits, over both Summer Terms.

A maximum of 3 extra credits, over both Summer Terms, for a total of 17 credits.

Distance Education and Technology

Total of 12 credits for the entire Winter or Summer Session.

A maximum of 3 extra credits, over entire Winter or Summer Session, for a total of 15 credits.

Requesting a Credit Increase

Balancing a full course load is challenging, so a credit increase is not usually recommended, particularly if you work or have other responsibilities. It is occasionally feasible to take on a heavier course load if you meet the eligibility requirements listed in the next section. If you choose to take a credit increase you are not eligible for academic concession for issues related to the increased workload.

Go to the Credit Limit Increase Request form.

Credit Increase Eligibility Requirements

  • Credit increases are only permitted after general course registration closes and all students have had a chance to register.
  • Credit increases are not granted to accommodate waitlists.
  • In order to accommodate labs, first-year students can register in up to 32 credits without a credit limit increase.

First-year and new-to-UBC-Vancouver students:

  • After completing one Winter-Session Term: Students who achieved a GPA of 70% or higher in a minimum of 15 credits with no fails in their first Term may apply for a credit limit increase of 3 credits in their second Term.
  • After completing the full Winter Session: Students who achieved a GPA of 80% or higher in a minimum of 15 credits with no fails in each Term may apply for a credit increase of up to 6 credits for the subsequent Winter Session. No more than 6 courses are permitted per Term.

Second, third and fourth year students:

  • Students who achieve a GPA of 70% in 24 credits with no fails in the previous Winter Session may apply for a credit limit increase of 3 credits for the subsequent Winter Session.
  • Students who achieve a GPA of 80% in 24 credits with no fails in the previous Winter Session may apply for a credit limit increase of 6 credits for the subsequent Winter Session. No more than 6 courses are permitted per Term.